Dog Years

A Memoir

By Mark Doty
(HarperCollins Publishers, Hardcover, 9780061171000, 215pp.)

Publication Date: March 2007

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Why do dogs speak so profoundly to our inner lives? When Mark Doty decides to adopt a dog as a companion for his dying partner, he finds himself bringing home Beau, a large golden retriever, malnourished and in need of loving care. Beau joins Arden, the black retriever, to complete their family. As Beau bounds back into life, the two dogs become Mark Doty's intimate companions, his solace, and eventually the very life force that keeps him from abandoning all hope during the darkest days. Their tenacity, loyalty, and love inspire him when all else fails.

Dog Years is a remarkable work: a moving and intimate memoir interwoven with profound reflections on our feelings for animals and the lessons they teach us about life, love, and loss. Mark Doty writes about the heart-wrenching vulnerability of dogs, the positive energy and joy they bring, and the gift they bear us of unconditional love. A book unlike any other, Mark Doty's surprising meditation is radiantly unsentimental yet profoundly affecting. Beautifully written, Dog Years is a classic in the making.




About the Author
Mark Doty is an award-winning poet and memoirist. His eight books of poetry include School of the Arts, Source, Atlantis, and My Alexandria. His Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty has published four volumes of nonfiction including the memoirs Heaven's Coast, Firebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. Doty is the recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, and two Lambda Literary Awards. He's the only American poet who has received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundation.
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